IN MEMORIAM: Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 101’s Grant R. Ehret

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Belleville, Il. – Grant R. Ehret, a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 101, died Feb 23, 2020, at Dammert Geriatric Center in Belleville, Ill. He was 89.

Brother Ehret, a life-long resident of Belleville and a part-time resident/snowbird of Ft. Myers, Fla., was president and owner of Ehret, Inc., in Belleville. He was also a member of the Great Southwestern Illinois Association of Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Mechanical Contractors Association.

Brother Grant was an Eagle Scout and a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran. Additionally, he was a member of the Moose Lodge, the Elks Lodge, the Belleville Area Holtzschnitzers/Midwest Woodcarvers and one of the founding owners of Clinton Hill Country Club. He also belonged to the Tancred Chapter Order of DeMolay International and the DeMolay Majority Club, where he was the recipient of the DeMolay Legion of Honor.

He is survived by two sons, Michael (Janet) Ehret, of Belleville, and Mark Sr. (Cheri) Ehret, of Belleville; two daughters, Kathy Ehret of Brighton, Colo., and Kristy (Scott) Janus, of Aurora, Ill; and two stepdaughters, Patricia (John) Balkonis, of St. Augustine, Fla., and Glenda (Harry) Sterling, of O’Fallon, Ill.

He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, Andrew Ehret, Amy Ehret, Jennifer (Jon) Winslow, Carla (Jason) Luther, Mark Jr. (Becky) Ehret, Julia (Megan) Ehret, Jenna (Theodore Trotman) Ehret, Justin (Victoria Taylor) Nollau, Jordan (Whitnie) Nollau, Charlotte (Arik) Orbach, Emily Janus (David LeDonne), Samuel Janus, Erica (Adam Sr.) Smith, Matthew (Paige) Balkonis, Zachary (Alyssa) Sterling, Robert (Tiffany) Schmitz, Melissa Sterling, Harry (Michelle) Sterling;and 18 great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Katelyn McCullough, Lauren Luther, Miles and Luke Ehret, Kendall Ehret, Easton Nollau, Zoe and Adam Smith Jr., Kayla, Tyler, and Nathan Balkonis, Connor, Owen, Brody, and Declan Schmitz, Molly Keim, and Zoe Allen-Sterling.

Brother Ehret was preceded in death by his first wife of 46 years, Dehlia M. “Dee” nee Forness, Ehret, whom he married on Aug. 20, 1955, and who died on Dec. 9, 2001; his second wife of 12 years, Eva C. “Kay” Mohr Ehret, whom he married on June 25, 2005, and who died Jan. 13, 2018; and his parents, Stephen R. and Grace E. (nee Munden) Ehret.

A funeral service was held Feb. 29 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home in Belleville with interment with military honors at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the Dammert Geriatric Center or to Family Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at rennerfh.com.

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